All the love for the L’Occitane en Provence x Rifle Paper Co. collaboration collection

L'Occitane en Provence x Rifle Paper Co. collection review

One of THE most exciting collaborations I’ve seen in a long time is the L’Occitane en Provence x Rifle Paper Co. collection. I LOVE Rifle Paper Co., if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I own several pairs of their Keds collaboration shoes, as well as their 5-year journal and more. I would love it if my entire home was filled with Rifle Paper Co. prints. I received a few products from the brand for review, and I also purchased some for myself just because I love the print so much. The prints are super beautiful and do a great job at reflecting both companies.

L'Occitane en Provence x Rifle Paper Co. collection review

The Shea Butter Hand Creams (C$12 for 30mL or C$32 for 150mL or set of three 30mL tubes for $29) need no introduction – I’ve been using these hand creams for years and I will continue to use them. I love that they come in a variety of sizes (10mL, 30mL and 150mL) to keep with you at all times and also keep on your nightstand or desk. I have one in every single handbag (and I have a lot of handbags). This formula is super hydrating, nourishing, and soothing, perfect for the cold winter climates. I wash my hands a lot so they are also perpetually dry, so I love using this to replenish that lost moisture. In addition to the Shea Butter Hand Cream, I also religiously use the Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, which is an HG product of mine for the winter, particularly after each day’s dishwashing session.

Anyways, I digress. The regular Shea Butter Hand Cream and the Rose-scented version have both been given Rifle Paper Co. makeovers. The regular formula is available in both the 30mL and 150mL, and then rose version is available in the 30mL. I also received a small 10mL version as a gift with purchase from my order, which is super cute. As a rose lover, I can’t get enough of the rose-scented version.

L'Occitane en Provence x Rifle Paper Co. collection review

In addition, the amazing Multi-Purpose Shea Balms (C$12 for 10g or set of three for $29) have also been repackaged. There are three scents – regular Shea, rose, and apricot. I picked up the rose version for myself, and I keep it with me in my purse. As its name indicated, it can be used anywhere on your body, on your lips, nails, cuticles, skin, hair. Again, this is a great product for the winter. My only complaint is that the tub seems smaller than I remember it… I wish it was bigger!

L'Occitane en Provence x Rifle Paper Co. collection review

The collection is out now both in stores and online, and a lot of the products are already sold out. At the time I made my order, there was an offer for a Rifle Paper Co. limited edition tin, plus a 10mL rose hand cream and 50mL Shea Butter Body Butter, PLUS $10 off your order, with the code Rifle18. I’m not sure if this promotion is still on, but if you google around, L’Occitane online generally has some codes for very generous gifts with purchase. This collection was introduced for Valentine’s Day 2018, so if you want something, you better get going on it. In addition to it making a great gift for the special woman in your life, it also would be a fantastic treat yo’ self.

I received the Shea Butter Hand Cream set for review purposes, and I also purchased the other products for myself. All opinions are my own.

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Gifting made easy with L’Occitane en Provence

L'Occitane en Provence almond shower oil, almond milk concentrate, almond hand cream, supply skin oil review

There’s no shortage of coverage of L’Occitane en Provence on my blog. It’s not surprising, but the brand is one of my favourite skin and body care brands. The products are incredibly luxurious without the ultra high price tag. Every holiday season, L’Occitane has a plethora of decadent sets for gifting and keeping for yourself. This holiday season, I was sent the beautiful Almond Collection (C$79) gift set. This set contains five of their top Almond products, with total value of $100:

  • Almond Shower Oil (500ml, value of $42)
  • Almond Milk Concentrate (100ml, value of $32)
  • Delicious Hand Cream (30ml, value of $12)
  • Almond Delicious Soap (50g, value of $6)
  • Supple Skin Oil (15ml, value of $8)

The Almond Shower Oil has been a longtime favourite in my shower. It is fantastic for both showering and bathing, as it is literally a thick, beautiful oil that you apply on your skin (wet or dry), emulsifies, and rinses off milky. It’s fantastic for dry skin types because it leaves your skin feeling really soft and hydrated after. I don’t always use a body lotion after this! My biggest tip is to take this with you on beach vacations – I actually use this kind of like a body cleansing oil. It removes every bit of sunscreen off your body, which is great for when you don’t want that sticky after-feel of waterproof sunscreens even after you’ve washed it off. Best of all, in keeping with L’Occitane’s commitment to the environment, this generous bottle of shower oil is actually refillable. You can save $8 off your purchase of the next 500mL by purchasing the refill pouch.

The Almond Milk Concentrate is a smoothing and firming body moisturizer. It’s very rich and moisturizing, but not greasy. The 100mL size in the kit is perfect for taking on trips with you. The Almond Delicious Hand Cream is a lightweight moisturizer for your hands. It comes in a convenient 30mL size that fits in any handbag. I’ve never tried the Delicious Soap before and was pleasantly surprised with it. It contains almond bits to lightly exfoliate your skin. It’s also lightly hydrating, which was a pleasant surprise for me. Lastly, I did a quick review of the Supple Skin Oil, which contains over 50% almond oil. It’s super decadent and very nice on the skin. I love using it as a full body massage oil as well.

The gift set also includes a coupon for $10 off $40 on Shea Butter products for purchases made in the month of January.

L'Occitane en Provence almond shower oil, almond milk concentrate, almond hand cream, supply skin oil review

I wanted to share a few other gift options from L’Occitane that I picked up myself for gifting my friends and family, and to keep for myself. I love this time of year because you can actually pick up a lot of great staple products for fantastic prices (such as the Almond Collection featured above).

I picked up this Luxury Advent Calendar (C$134) for myself. I love to get myself an advent calendar every year (even if I don’t open it day by day), because it’s nice to have a little surprise for yourself. Most beauty advent calendars also include really great deluxe size products that are convenient for travel (which is what I use mine for). I picked up the normal advent calendar a few years ago from L’Occitane, but this is the first year they’ve had the Luxury version which include bigger sized products as well as products from more expensive ranges. The box is also better construction as they come with reusable drawers instead of cardboard that you rip off. If you are considering either the regular Advent Calendar or the Luxury version, I’d recommend the luxury version for sure!

 

The other kit that I highly recommend is the Shea Butter Collection (C$79), which contains their top shea butter sellers: Shea Butter Hand Cream (75ml), Foot Cream (75ml), Ultra-Rich Body Cream (200ml), and Extra Gentle Milk Soap (100g). I love their shea butter products and this one has full sizes of the hand cream, foot cream, and body cream, all of which are great for the dry winter climate. You also get a $10 off $40 shea butter purchase with this set as well.

L’Occitane also has a few little baubles and stocking stuffers, with prices starting at C$14. You can check out all of their gift sets here.

You can pick up these gifts at all L’Occitane locations across Canada, and on the L’Occitane website.

The Almond Collection and Festive Crackers Trio were gifted from L’Occitane; all opinions are my own.

Review: L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream

L'Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream review

The L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream is a silicone-free leave-in conditioner that claims to repair hair as well as tame frizz. The product can be used on damp or dry hair, and a little bit of the product goes a rather long way.

After towel-drying, I apply about a quarter-sized amount onto my hair, concentrating mostly on the ends, and running whatever remains on my hands up closer to the scalp. It is worthwhile to note that I wear hair extensions (mine are sewn-in, via the weave method), and extensions are notorious for absorbing all sorts of moisture and product. If I were to use this product on only my natural hair, I would probably reduce the amount by half.

My hair is very fine and is prone to flyways and frizz, so I’ve found that this product does a good job of taming my hair and getting it nice and smooth before I heat style it. Additionally, it smells incredible! It has a very complex fruity-floral aroma, and I can definitely smell the Sweet Orange fragrance that is said to be one of the ingredients.

The drawbacks to this product are that it’s quite pricey. You could get a comparable product at a drugstore (I’m personally a fan of the John Frieda series) that would do an adequate job for half of the price.  Yes, the L’Occitane Control Styling Prep-Cream is good, and silicone-free, but it’s not amazing. At 34$ for 200ml I would expect better fly-away control and a significant improvement in hair texture over time.

Lastly, I am not a huge fan of the packaging. The tube comes with a twist-cap that cannot be removed, and when twisted slightly, dispenses the product through a small opening on the bottom of the cap itself. If you are like me and find yourself holding a million different tools/products when you style your hair, it’s hard to use this product with one hand. Also, unless you take the time to clean the cap every time after use, product residue is bound to make its way onto your countertop.

Overall, this is a very nice product that does its job well and smells incredible, but it is not a revolutionary breakthrough in hair care by any stretch. I would recommend it to someone looking to try a silicone-free leave-in product, however due to its price, it’s unlikely that I will repurchase it myself.

The L’Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream retails for $34 CAD for 200ml and can be purchased on the L’Occitane website or at L’Occitane boutiques.

Ingredients:

L'Occitane Aromachologie Control Styling Prep-Cream review

This review was written by Liza. The products in this post were provided by PR; all opinions belong to Liza.

L’Occitane Solidarity Balm for International Women’s Day 2017

L’Occitane Solidarity Balm for International Women’s Day 2017

One of my favourite L’Occitane en Provence products released each year for International Women’s Day is the Solidarity Balm (C$6). This affordable balm uses sustainable and fair trade shea butter, harvested in Burkina Faso by women who are in partnership with L’Occitane. Each year, L’Occitane enlists 17,000 women to help with the harvesting of the Shea Butter range. Lastly, 100% of the profits from the Solidarity Balm go to support the UN Women Fund for Gender Equaltiy.

This year, the Solidarity Balm is beautifully scented with violets. It contains 98% fair trade shea butter, and it has over 50 uses on the body. Some of my favourite uses include as a lip balm, on dry cuticles, as a hand balm, to soothe dry feet, on dry hair to smooth flyaways, and more. I keep this on me when I travel, as it makes a great all-in-one airplane solution for dry skin / lips / hair everything.

You can purchase the Solidarity Balm in stores and online now, for just $6!! For such an amazing price, it’d make a great thank you gift, or stock up to give as stocking stuffers!

L’Occitane Solidarity Balm for International Women’s Day 2017

Product received as PR samples for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

Oils, oils, oils! A roundup of some face and body oil options from Rodial, May Lindstrom, ILA Spa, Korres, Purxury, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, Nuxe, and Rocky Mountain Soap Co.

I am obsessed with facial and body oils at the moment, specifically focusing on oils with natural ingredients, but open to trying all oils. Through my trial and error, I’ve found up a few of the recent face and body oils that I’ve been using, including products from Rodial, May Lindstrom, Korres, ILA Spa, Purxury, and more. My apologies in advance as I don’t have photos for all of these, some of them I started using before I took photos so the bottle started looking not-so-great, others I just forgot to take photos of.

Face

Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil

Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil review

The Rodial Stemcell Facial Oil contains a powerful cocktail of super-food actives, omega 3, 6 and 9 and vitamins A, B5, C and E, as well as Rose stem cell to help the skin protect against external aggressors, signs of aging, and dehydration. This is one of the most lightweight facial oils that I’ve tried; it dries down immediately, leaving behind a satin feeling that’s very comfortable. It’s a great “beginner’s oil” because it is so lightweight. I remember being scared off by facial oils a few years ago due to using some that were way too heavy, but with the new technology, brands can create products like this that is even great for those with combination to oily skin.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Butylene Glycol, Almond Oil PEG-8 Esters, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Babassu Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Peach Kernel Oil Glycereth-8 Esters, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil Polyglyceryl-6 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Propylene Glycol, Retinyl Palmitate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Isomalt, Lactic Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citronellol, Alpha-Isomethylionone, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Limonene, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract, Geraniol, Tocopherol.

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew review

May Lindstrom The Youth Dew was something I purchased in my first ever May Lindstrom order (I’ve since made two more… so you know how obsessed I am with the brand). This is the most completely organic  skin oil made from entirely natural plant extracts and oils that I’ve ever seen. It is a blend of 20 different oils and essential oils, together with CoEnzyme Q10, to help fight signs of aging. For easier absorption, May recommends using it on dampened skin, so I usually like to spray my face with 1-2 spritzes of May’s The Jasmine Garden, or another essence spray, and then patting 1-1.5 pumps of this oil into my face and neck. I’m left with crazy soft, very hydrated, and extremely bouncy skin. It’s not too heavy for me at all either, especially when used over damp skin which helps absorption. I only use this at night though, because I do feel like facial oils don’t layer best under makeup, but I have used a tiny drop of this mixed with my daytime moisturizer and it still works well.

Despite all the great stuff, it is one of the most expensive oils on this list, priced at US$120 for just 20mL (1/3 less than most other facial oils)… It is luxurious, but comes with a hefty price tag.

Ingredients: *Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, *Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Prunus Spp (Plum Kernel) Oil, *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, *Rosa Rubiginosa (Rosehip Seed) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Oil, *Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Oil, *Borago Ocinalis (Borage Seed) Oil, Aleurites Moluccans (Kukui Nut) Oil, *Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, *Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium Rose) Essential Oil, *Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Essential Oil, *Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Essential Oil, *Citrus Limon (Lemon) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Rose Absolute) Essential Oil, *Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Essential Oil, *Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, ***Daucus Carota (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10).

*Certified Organic
***Wild Harvested

ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance

I have a deluxe travel size of this oil and this is what I take with me when I travel. The rich argan, rosehip, and rose otto formula is incredibly hydrating and soothing, especially when you’re staying in an air conditioned room which tends to really dry out my skin. The rich formula helps to protect and nourish my skin. It absorbs completely in under a minute, and also layers wonderfully over other products. I can add a pump of it to my mud masks in order to add extra nourishment when my skin needs it. It has a soft rose scent, which is truly wonderful and helps to put me to sleep.

I only wear this at night though, as I find it is too heavy for the daytime. Alternatively if my skin is feeling extra dry, I mix a tiny bit into my daytime moisturizer to add that boost. This is also great for when you are flying as the dry cabin air can really wreck havoc on skin. Overall, I love this, and you can purchase it from my favourite organic e-tailer, Petal and Post.

Ingredients: Wild-Grown Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa Kernal), Rosehip Seed Oil (Rosa Canina), Sandalwood (Santalam Spicatum), Rose Otto Oil (Rose Damascena Flower Oil), Vitamin E Oil (Tocopherol Extract), Naturally Occurring Citronellol, Farnesol, Linalool

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil review

The Korres Wild Rose Brightening Oil is such a beauty as it contains real rose petals suspended in the oil. This is a brightening oil infused with real rose petals, wild rose oil, and boosted with Super C to increase skin’s absorpotion of vitamin C by 1000%. This oil is 94.5 percent natural, and does not contain petrolatum, mineral oil, silicones, propylene glycol, and ethanolamines. Korres is also cruelty free.

If you love roses like me, then you will LOVE this because it smells faintly like roses. I also found this oil to take longer than the others to absorb, and a tiny bit will go a very long way. I don’t particularly like this one compared to the others for this reason. Also despite it being marketed as a natural oil, it contains a lot of fillers, which I’m not too fond of at the moment.

Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil review

Ingredients: Isoamyl Laurate, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, , Prunus Armeniaca (apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Alcohol Denat., Alpha-isomethyl Ionone, Aqua/water/eau, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Bisabolol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Parfum/fragrance, Physalis Angulata Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Zingiber Officinale (ginger) Root Extract.

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil review

Purxury Rescue Facial Oil is my newest addition, something I discovered in my journey to incorporate more natural and organic skincare products in my routine. It contains a blend of all natural oils and extracts that is ultra hydrating. The base of apricot kernel oil, avocado fruit oil, and argan oil makes this slightly heavier than the other oils I’ve tried here, but it is also the most moisturizing. I can use this on its own without a hydrating serum, and it leaves my skin feeling super soft and glowy upon waking up in the morning.

Ingredients: Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Fruit Oil, Olive, Argan Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and a proprietary blend of Essential Oils and Absolutes.

Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate

Kiehl’s released their daytime version of their popular Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I’m not a big fan of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate because I found it is too heavy for me, but the Daily Reviving Concentrate is a great day-time, more lightweight version. This product contains energizing oils such as ginger root oil, grapefruit peel oil, orange peel oil, and coriander seed oil to  correct the signs of daily skin fatigue, and improve the look of dullness, lines, and rough texture.

Sadly, despite this being a lighter version of the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, it’s a daytime oil which doesn’t really work for my skincare schedule. I don’t really have a lot of time in the morning to let my moisturizing sink in, so I usually use a lighter, gel-based moisturizer. This Daily Reviving Concentrate, while really does help to brighten and hydrate my skin, just takes too long to absorb. I do use this on the weekend, but I think it’s a bit of a waste to use just a day or two a week, so I wouldn’t recommend this unless you have lots of time in the morning to perform your skincare ritual.

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Ether, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Squalane, Canola Oil, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil Unsaponifiables/Sunflower Seed Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopherol, Limonene, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil/Orange Peel Oil, Coriandrum Sativum Seed Oil/Coriander Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum Seed Oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis Peel Oil/Grapefruit Peel Oil, Zingiber Officinale Root Oil/Ginger Root Oil, Linalool, Citral, Geraniol, Malpighia Punicifolia/Acerola Fruit Extract. Fmla 685687 7 F.I.L. Code D169070/2

Body

L’Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil

L'Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil review

The Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil  is an ultra lightweight body oil; I’ve used a few L’Occitane en Provence body oils in the past and this is the most lightweight. I have very dry skin on my legs, and I find that this isn’t moisturizing enough for me, I usually have to apply a LOT in order to get the level of sustained moisture. That being said, if you are someone who has normal skin, and is looking for an indulgence, this is it because it smells SO GOOD. Neroli & Orchidee is one of my favourite L’Occitane scents and this perfumed body oil is the same scent as the fragrance, which makes it great for layering with the fragrance and then you can get better longevity.

The scent, when used alone and at night, dissipates pretty quickly so you don’t have to worry about going to sleep in a cloud of perfume. During the day though, it does leave a faint cloud of fragrance, but it’s not very strong so it should be fine for wearing to the office. It comes in a spray bottle, so you can easily keep this at the office or in your purse for when you want a quick moisture touchup.

Ingredients:
L'Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil review

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse review

The NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is a classic body oil and something EVERYONE should try at least once in their life. It contains Vitamin E to protects and conditions, and essential oil extracts of borage, St. John’s wort, sweet almond, camellia, hazelnut and macadamia to give skin a healthy looking glow. There’s a reason why it is a cult favourite, and that it is  super hydrating, very lightweight, and a little bit goes a long way. The scent is also just incredibly delicious and decadent, I feel like dousing myself with this every time I use it. The great thing about this oil is that it is also multi-functional, and you can use this on your hair, nails, and anywhere you see fit. In addition, it also comes in a golden bronze variation that will help keep your skin looking like it just got a healthy dose of sun.

Ingredients: Sopropyl Isostearate, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Coco-caprylate/caprate, Dicaprylyl Ether, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (sweet Almond) Oil, Corylus Avellana (hazel) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Parfum/fragrance, Tocopherol, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (olive) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/leaf/stem Extract, Solanum Lycopersicum (tomato) Fruit/leaf/stem Extract, Caprylic/capric Triglyceride, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hydroxycitronellal, Limonene, Linalool [n1005/e].

Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil

Leaving the best for last – this is the body oil that got me completely obsessed with body oils in the first place. The Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil smells SO GOOD, sweet and floral at the same time but not overpowering. The oil is medium weight, not super runny, and spreads into the skin very nicely. It absorbs quickly and leaves my skin feeling so nice and soft. The price is really great too, at just $15.50 for 125mL. Don’t let the size fool you, because I’ve had mine for over a year, I use this every time my skin is feeling dry, and I still have more than 1/3 of the bottle left. I also love mixing this in with another light weight body lotion to help boost up its efficacy.

Ingredients: Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Camelia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Natural Jasmine Gardenia Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Natural Vanilla Oil, Natural Berry Oil . *Organic 94%

 

My picks: Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Body Oil
Best for dry/normal skin: May Lindstrom The Youth Dew, ILA Spa Face Oil for Glowing Radiance, Purxury Rescue Facial Oil, Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Skin Brightening Oil, Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Blossom Berry Body Oil, NUXE Huile Prodigieuse
Best for combination/oily skin: Rodial Stemcell Super-Food Facial Oil, L’Occitane en Provence Neroli & Orchidee Perfumed Body Oil

Experience the holiday joy with limited edition collaborations from L’Occitane en Provence and Kiehl’s since 1851

L’Occitane en Provence x Pierre Herme

L'Occitane en Provence Pierre Herme review

This holiday season, one of my favourite brands L’Occitane en Provence has partnered with Parisian pastry master Pierre Herme to create three signature scents. I’ve had Pierre Herme macarons before and I have to say I prefer them over Laduree ones, which is the more famous of the two macaron shops. The Pierre Herme collection by L’Occitane is comprised of scents Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli, Grapefruit-Rhurbarb, and Honey-Mandarin.

Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli, is a beautiful feminine scent with head notes of pink pepper, petit grain and lemon, heart of jasmine, immortelle flower, neroli and orange blossom, and base notes amber, white wood, and musk. The key ingredients are Immortelle essential oil from Corsica, Jasmine flower absolute, and Neroli essence.

Grapefruit-Rhubarb is a light, refreshing scent that smells amazing on almost anyone. It’s slightly sweet, but not overpowering. It has head notes of grapefruit, rhubarb, lemon and cypress, heart of clove, nutmeg and lavandin, and base notes of cedar and vetiver. The key ingredients are Grapefruit Essence from Corsica and Rhubarb accord.

Honey-Mandarin is only available online and only as a hand cream. It’s scented lightly of honey and mandarin, and is not sickly sweet or overpowering. L’Occitane hand creams are among my favourites and this scent is a wonderful addition to the hand cream line (even though it is limited edition!).

L'Occitane en Provence Pierre Herme review

Both Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli and Grapefruit-Rhubarb are available now in an Eau de Toilette (C$65 for 75ml), Body Milk (C$32 for 250ml), Shower Gel (C$22 for 250ml), and Hand Cream (C$12 for 30ml). There are also gift sets available for those two scents, one being a set with a hand cream, lip balm and soap for C$26. The set that I highly recommend (and only available in store), is a pre-wrapped gift that contains a full size Eau de Toilette, Body Milk and Soap, and a travel size Shower Gel for C$80, of which $10 goes towards Dress for Success. The Honey-Mandarin is only available in the hand cream.

L'Occitane en Provence Pierre Herme review

Kiehl’s since 1851 x Peter Max

Kiehl's since 1851 x Peter Max

Every holiday, Kiehl’s does a limited edition artist collaboration and this year the artist they’ve chosen to work with is Peter Max. The artwork created by Peter Max will be packaged on all of Kiehl’s most iconic products.

The Kiehl’s x Peter Max collection is available now in the Creme de Corps (C$38 for 250mL or C$63 for 500mL), Creme de Corps Whipped Body Butter (C$46 for 226g), Ultra Facial Cream (C$56 for 125mL), new Richly Hydrating Hand Creams (C$22 for set of three), and Kiehl’s Lip Balm set (C$38 for set of four), as well as a variety of holiday gift boxes ready to wrap your own selection of Kiehl’s products. The Hand Cream and Lip Balm sets make great hostess gifts, and in purchasing these products, you are also supporting the artist community.

Keeping skin sweet and smooth with L’Occitane en Provence Melting Honey Exfoliating Sugars, Ultra Soft Cream, and Hand Cream with shea butter

L'Occitane en Provence Melting Honey shea butter collection

For October, L’Occitane en Provence is introducing a new line of Shea Butter products – Melting Honey – combining the moisturizing benefits of shea butter from Burkina Faso with the softening properties of honey from Provence. First off, this line smells absolutely divine. If you are a fan of sweet decadent scents, then you will love this. Secondly, this is L’Occitane’s annual Shea Butter collection where all proceeds from sales of the limited edition Shea Butter Gentle Soap go to benefit the women of Burkina Faso.

The three products I have to share are the Melting Honey Exfoliating Sugars, Melting Honey Ultra Soft Cream, and Melting Honey Hand Cream.

L'Occitane en Provence Melting Honey shea butter collection

Melting Honey Exfoliating Sugars contains 5% shea butter, honey, and uses natural exfoliants sugar crystals and ground walnut shells to gently exfoliate the skin will keeping it supple. The texture is like a melting balm and feels incredibly rich and creamy on the skin. I’m a fan of L’Occitane’s exfoliators because I find that the exfoliants don’t melt as fast as other exfoliators I’ve tried, and this one is the same. The sugar and walnut shell mixture ensures that I have enough time to massage this into my skin, leaving my skin feeling silky smooth.

L'Occitane Melting Honey Exfoliating Sugars review

Melting Honey Ultra Soft Cream is a light, whipped body cream containing 10% shea butter and honey. This is my favourite of the bunch and one that I’ve already used up in just a few short weeks! It is a beautifully soft cream that glides on the skin like a dream, absorbing quickly, and leaving a light trail of the sweet honey scent. It leaves my skin feeling super soft and hydrated, without a sticky after-feeling. I absolutely love the L’Occitane Ultra Soft Cream formula because it is so lighweight but packs a punch in terms of hydration. Definitely recommend for those who aren’t fans of moisturizing but have dry skin.

L'Occitane Melting Honey Ultra Soft Cream review

Melting Honey Hand Cream contains 25% shea butter, combined with honey, to create one of my favourite variations of the L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream. This is my least favourite of the three here, not because of the formula (which is divine, as always), but because of the overwhelmingly sweet scent.  I prefer lightly scented hand creams because I tend to apply a lot of it and apply often, so when it’s too heavily scented then it’s almost headache inducing. Despite this, I truly love this formula and also enjoy collecting limited edition scents of the Shea Butter Hand Cream. It’s my #1 recommended hand cream for those with dry skin, so if you like honey or sweet scented products and have dry skin, this is the hand cream for you!

L'Occitane Melting Honey Hand Cream review

The one downside I can think of is that depending on the product, the honey scent is quite overwhelmingly sweet, which I’m not too fond of. Otherwise, I really like these products and would recommend them to anyone looking for luxury bath and body products and also love the honey scent.

You should be able to find the Melting Honey collection in stores and online at L’Occitane en Provence as of October, 2015.

Ingredients:

Melting Honey Exfoliating Sugars ingredients
L'Occitane Melting Honey Exfoliating Sugars ingredients

Melting Honey Ultra Soft Cream ingredients

L'Occitane Melting Honey Ultra Soft Cream ingredients

Men’s care review: L’Occitane en Provence Cedrat Global Face Gel and Cedrat Shaving Gel

L'Occitane en Provence Cedrat review

Today I have another guest review on men’s care products. The L’Occitane en Provence new Cedrat range is luxury skincare for men that is simple and straightforward to use, but works like a charm.

L’Occitane en Provence Cedrat Global Face Gel

L'Occitane en Provence Cedrat Global Face Gel review

The Cedrat Global Face Gel (C$42) is a new men’s facial moisturizer from L’Occitane. It claims to have three benefits:

  1. HYDRATES: it provides hydration and protection to the skin without leaving a greasy film.
  2. MATTIFIES: immediately helps to refine skin texture and neutralize excess sebum throughout the day.
  3. ENERGIZES: helps revitalize the skin and visibly reduce signs of fatigue.

As someone with dry skin this face gel was a wonderful.  The best way I could describe my experience would be jumping into a nice cool pool on a hot summer day.

I love that it provides my dry skin with good hydration without any greasy residue or feeling of stickiness. The pump dispenser is easy to use and provides the right amount of product for each application. The face gel is very lightweight, which helps it spread easily. A little bit goes a long way, even on my dry skin, so a 50mL bottle will last you a long time. Lastly, I love that it has a light, masculine scent that lingers just for a little bit, but isn’t too overpowering.

The downside is that because it is a luxury brand, it’s quite pricey at C$42 for 50mL. Despite that, I really like this moisturizer as it helps my skin feel more comfortable and hydrated, and thus I would repurchase.

Ingredients:

L'Occitane en Provence Cedrat Global Face Gel ingredients

L’Occitane en Provence Cedrat Shaving Gel

L'Occitane en Provence Cedrat Shaving Gel review

The new Cedrat Shaving Gel (C$20) claims to protect the skin from the razor blade and helps reduce the sensation of irritation and tightness, and it is enriched with organic Corsican cedrat extract, leaving the skin clear, soft and energized.

Overall it’s a very solid choice for a shaving product.  Compared to all other shaving gel products this one has been my favorite.  It was easy to apply and spread.  Once I was finished my skin felt relaxed.

I like that it has a light, refreshing scent. The texture is great once applied; it’s cooling gel that helps to sooth my dry skin. I also like that the ingredients really don’t irritate the skin (which is common, especially when its aggravated via the act of shaving). Of course, the shave itself is smooth and it helps to give me a closer shave as well.

My dislikes were that the pump dispenser would dispense too much product each time, and I find that I’m wasting product whenever I use this. It’s also expensive for a shave gel, which is just made worse by the fact that some gel goes to waste each time.

Ultimately, I like this product and would likely repurchase, and in the meantime, I’ll continue to search for a better option that provides the soothing and refreshing feeling, without the hefty price tag.

This post was written by Barrie

Review: L’Occitane en Provence Almond Velvet Serum for the Body

L'Occitane Almond Velvet Serum review

Today I’m reviewing my first ever body serum, the Almond Velvet Serum by L’Occitane en Provence, newly release for spring 2015. This body serum claims to improve five different skin concerns for the body:  dryness, skin slackening, lack of tonicity, fine lines and skin irregularities. It’s formulated with four different components of sweet almond – the oil, seed extract, leaf cell extract, and bud extract, all sourced from the south of France, as well as rosa centifolia (provence rose) bud extract.

The L’Occitane Almond Velvet Serum (C$52) is truly a luxury product. From the heavy glass bottle to the silky rich texture, it just feels like an expensive product that’s a pleasure to use. It has the texture of a gel-lotion with a light powdery-floral scent that dissipates quickly after a few minutes. I’ve been using this off-and-on for a few weeks (mostly after gym workouts when I could benefit most from additional skin toning), and I’m on the fence about it. I haven’t noticed any tightening of the skin, or relief from fine lines or stretch marks. It does leave my skin feeling silky smooth and very nicely hydrated, diminishing the appearance of any skin concerns but not eradicating them.

My biggest concern with this product is that it’s quite pricey. It is a body serum, and you get 100mL of product for C$52. I was applying this on my whole body before but I ended up using about 10 pumps, which is the equivalent of approximately 1.5cm shaved off the top of the bottle. I went through this stuff very quickly, to say the least. I ended up just applying it to placed where I needed more toning, such as my thighs, stomach, and upper arm area – this definitely helped me cut down on the amount of product I used.

It does contain a lot of good ingredients, so I can see why it’s so expensive, but I don’t think I will repurchase because I will probably go through many bottles of this before seeing real results. As such, unless you have a lot of money to burn, I wouldn’t recommend this product. The texture is really lovely but I really can’t justify the price, given how fast I went through the bottle.

Ingredients:

L'Occitane Almond Velvet Serum ingredients
L'Occitane Almond Velvet Serum review
L'Occitane Almond Velvet Serum review

Spring fragrance feature – L’Occitane en Provence Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc

L'Occitane Iris Bleu and Iris Blanc review

New for Spring 2015 is L’Occitane en Provence‘s Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc, joining La Collection de Grasse family.

With top notes of blackcurrant and citrus, heart notes of white iris and peach, and base notes of blue iris, cedar, and white musk, Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc is a fresh floral with a hint of romance. The image that’s invoked in my head while I wear this is a fun weekend frolic in a flower field – no joke. Even though it has fruity scents in it, I pick up mostly floral. The blackcurrant and citrus are barely noticeable, acting almost like a foil to the iris floral scents. It’s one of the longer-wearing fragrances in La Collection de Grasse, due to the deeper base notes; I found that this lasted upwards of 5 hours or more on me, dissipating but never disappearing.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu and Iris Blanc review

The packaging is one of my absolute favourites. It is an extremely beautiful, simplistic yet luxurious glass bottle with a gold etched back and a gold cap. It looks amazing on my vanity alongside my other La Collection de Grasse bottles, but it stands out because of the beautiful violet colour of the perfume against the gold backdrop.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu and Iris Blanc review

In addition to the Eau de Toilette (C$75), it is also available in a Body Milk (C$32) which is a favourite new discovery from L’Occitane. The texture of the Body Milk is richer than the ones I’ve used in the past, and feels extremely luxurious on the skin. The Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc scent, translated into the Body Milk, has a stronger musk base that complements the Eau de Toilette very well. You can also find Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc in a Shower Gel (C$26), Hand Cream (C$12), and Perfumed Soap (C$8).

Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc is available now in stores and online at L’Occitane en Provence.

L'Occitane Iris Bleu and Iris Blanc review
L'Occitane Iris Bleu and Iris Blanc review
L'Occitane Iris Bleu and Iris Blanc review